Eligibility, requirements and process for filing for candidacy for school board trustee

Form, Content, and Procedure:

An application for a place on the ballot must be in writing; signed, sworn to by the candidate before a person authorized to administer an oath, and dated; timely filed with the district’s filing authority (often the superintendent’s secretary or another designated district employee); and contain specified information about the candidate:
• the candidate’s name, date of birth, and occupation;
• the candidate’s residence address or the address at which the candidate receives mail with a description of the location of the candidate’s residence;
• the candidate’s length of continuous residence in Texas and in the district (and single member district, if applicable) as of the date the candidate swears to the application;
• if available, a public mailing address and email address at which the candidate receives correspondence relating to the candidate’s campaign;
• the office sought, including any place or other distinguishing number and an indication of whether the office sought is for a full or unexpired term;
• statements that the candidate is a U.S. citizen; has not been determined by a court to be mentally incapacitated; has not been convicted of a felony; is aware of the nepotism law; and swears an oath to support and defend the U.S. and Texas Constitutions and laws.

An individual is eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a Texas school board if the individual:
• is a United States citizen;
• is 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;
• has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
• has not been finally convicted of a felony;
• has resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
- for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a
candidate’s application for a place on the ballot;
- for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate’s name is written in; or
- for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;
• is registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described above; and
• satisfies any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.

Tex. Elec. Code § 141.001; Tex. Educ. Code § 11.066.
The Texas Education Code imposes additional requirements:
• To be elected to a school board, an individual must be a qualified voter: 18 years of age or older, a U.S citizen, a Texas resident, a registered voter, not determined to be totally or partially mentally incapacitated by an appropriate court, and not finally convicted of a felony. Tex. Educ. Code § 11.061; Tex. Elec. Code § 11.002.
• A person is ineligible to serve on a school board if the person has been convicted of a felony or an offense under Texas Penal Code section 43.02(b) regarding prostitution. Tex. Educ. Code § 11.066.

Process & Important Dates:
To file for a place on the ballot:

- The STISD Central Office is currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19. To file for a place on the ballot, an interested individual must complete the Application for a Place on the Ballot, as well as the Campaign Treasurer Appointment form. As stated in Policy BBBC (LEGAL), a candidate for a school board must file the campaign treasurer appointment and all required financial statements with the Secretary of the Board. The completed application and accompanying forms must be submitted via e-mail to sonia.rodriguez@stisd.net or sent by mail to the following address: Attn: School Board Secretary, South Texas Independent School District, 100 Med High Drive, Mercedes, TX 78570. Submitted applications must be received by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17.

Please contact Sonia Rodriguez via phone at (956) 514-4216 or via e-mail at sonia.rodriguez@stisd.net, if you have any questions. 

First day to file for a place on the general election ballot: Saturday, July 18, 2020
Last day to file for a place on the general election ballot: Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Resources & Forms:
Links to forms on the Secretary of State Elections website
Application for a place on the ballot
Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate
Texas Ethics Commission: Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer by a Candidate

For information regarding write-in candidacy, please contact Sonia Rodriguez via phone at (956) 514-4216 or e-mail at sonia.rodriguez@stisd.net.